Oregon awarded $1.9 billion federal funding pact, new flexibility for health care reforms
July 10, 2012
The federal government has formally approved reforms to the Oregon Health Plan as well as $1.9 billion to support them. State officials today announced that the federal Health and Human Services has granted more flexibility by amending a waiver for Oregon’s transformation initiative, intended to cut costs while improving care to the Medicaid-funded OHP. The waiver includes the first formal approval of a tentative agreement for federal funding that made national headlines in May.
Oregon’s law hands the Medicaid-funded Oregon Health Plan over to coordinated care organizations that will integrate mental, physical and dental care. The new groups will focus on prevention and chronic diseases to reduce hospital stays and cut costs. The first CCOs launch in August.
The Children’s Mental Health Network is watching the developments in Oregon with a keen eye on how families who have children with serious emotional challenges will fare under the transformation initiative.